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Many of us ask ourselves How do I invest in myself? According to Warren Buffett “If you can’t communicate, it’s like winking at a girl in the dark–nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it. And the transmission is communication.” He added that investing in your communication skills–both in writing and in-person–“can increase your value by at least 50 percent.”
That statement is invaluable when it comes to your communication. In my opinion, increasing your value by at least 50 percent is quite powerful, especially in the business world. It’s impossible to not communicate as it is something we do constantly, whether verbally or in writing. When you think of your average day you may engage in any of the following activities:
- Conducting a presentation
- Networking in-person or virtually
- Initiating contact
- Following up
- Expressing your perspective
- Handling a challenging conversation
- Engaging in an interview as either the interviewer or interviewee
- Leading a meeting
- Interacting with a client
- Introducing a speaker
- Providing essential feedback
- Responding to a question
- Moderating a panel discussion
- Participating in a panel discussion
- Telephoning a lead
You can probably add to this list however chances are good that the import of how you communicate is vital to your ongoing success. It’s far more than your word choice. Communication includes how you deliver your message, your use of gestures, eye-connection, posture, intonation, rate, volume, and visual aids.
The list is large, but you only need to work on one goal at a time or whatever you deem is a priority for your circumstances. If you’re not sure where to start, you may opt to video-record yourself or seek feedback from a trusted source. Doing so will offer you more of a clear direction. Once you have that information, I recommend you seek an experienced speech coach and get started.
How you invest in you… is up to You.